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Challah: The Most Beautiful Bread You Will Ever Eat

Challah is yeast-risen egg bread famous for its glossy sheen and braided design; traditionally eaten on the Jewish Sabbath and holidays.  It comes in an oblong or a round loaf and is typically braided or spiraled resulting in its lovely pattern.  Its light, airy texture and rich taste makes it great bread for use in sweet or savory dishes. This beautiful loaf does not have to wait for a special occasion to be eaten.

The ingredients for Challah are simple: flour, yeast, egg, water, oil, and honey. Yet this simple combination results in one of the most versatile and lovely breads fit for any occasion. The braid of the loaf is what gives Challah its wonderful consistency and signature look.  Its sturdy texture makes it a great choice for bread pudding and French toast. Challah is also great for sandwiches; just add a slice of smoked salmon and dill or slather with butter and make a grilled cheese.  Whatever you decide to put between the slices, Challah makes a great base.  A freshly baked loaf from Cafecinno Bakery might look too pretty to eat, but after one whiff of the delectable loaf you will get over its stunning, lustrous exterior and sink your teeth in; a slab of butter is optional.

Cafecinno Bakery is located in Bronx, NY and is a family run restaurant that offers fresh breads, pizzas, sandwiches, pastries, salads and our famous square bagels. We also have catering services and are certified kosher. We can also provide gluten free and soy products upon request; please contact us for specific requests.  Our Challah loaves are baked fresh daily and offer a perfect accompaniment to a special brunch or sandwich; better yet, just as is.


The Wallet Reinvented: Wallet Cases

There are several disadvantages of an overstuffed wallet. All those receipts, credit and business cards, and even a wad of cash add extra bulk to your wallet. A fat wallet can stretch out your pockets and leave little room for your keys and cell phone. Here is the solution: wallet cases.

Wallet cases are specially designed to hold everything you would normally carry in your pockets. A wonderful marriage of a cell phone carrier and a wallet, a wallet case has several features to help keep track of your daily essentials.

Each wallet case has a low profile belt clip and nylon loops that attach to your belt. There is a universal cell phone pocket that secures and protects your phone and fits most smartphones. An outside pocket on the case provides quick and easy access for items like business cards or ear buds. There is an inside currency pocket, ID holder, and credit card slots. A mesh pocket and zippered coin pocket keeps loose change secure, and there is a convenient clip to attach your keys.

With a place to store all your daily pocket essentials, there is no excuse for misplacement. The chore of emptying your pockets after work just got easier; unclip wallet case and put on dresser. Airport security checks are a breeze as well; now you only need to keep track of one item. You will no longer wonder where you left your keys or have wayward change clinking around in the laundry. Everything is safely tucked away in your wallet case. With the unsightly bulge eliminated from your back pocket, sitting is more comfortable and that annoying pain in your back is gone.

With so many benefits wallet cases offer, it is time to replace the traditional wallet. Constructed in durable leather or nylon, the wallet case is a worthwhile investment to help keep your things in order. It is time to simplify your life; start with your pockets.


No Need for a Stiff Upper Lip with a Mustache Chocolate

You can tell a lot about a man by the type of mustache he wears.  Mustaches have been decorating the male’s upper lip since the time of the cave man. A man’s hirsute appendage may appear full and groomed; giving a sense of manly wisdom.  It can cover part of the upper lip and join sideburns and a beard; suggesting the wearer just chopped down a hearty tree. Or perhaps it is thin and neat, giving a sense of seriousness.  But if you prefer  to give to show that you are fun and have great taste, try a less hairy accessory; a mustache chocolate from Ziva Chocolate.

There is one major advantage to sporting a chocolate mustache versus a hairy one; there is no need to groom it. Just pick one out, place over upper lip and ta-da! Also, the variety of flavors offered by Ziva makes the options even more exciting. There is, for the daring customers, bacon and Tequila Lime. Dark chocolate, both salted and unsalted, are options for a conservative but tasty style. For a funky, eclectic vibe, try a green mustache chocolate for a daring look. There are several mustache styles to choose from to fit any mood and they are conveniently placed on a stick for easy carrying.

Mustache chocolates make great gifts for father’s day, groomsmen, and new dads. Women are no longer excluded from this mysterious hairy lip club. Mustache chocolates are great bridesmaids and birthday gifts for a fun non-traditional present. Whatever the occasion, there is no need for a stiff upper lip as long as there is a mustache chocolate to cover it!

For other chocolates made the finest cacao beans and exotic ingredients, contact us at Ziva chocolates. It is our mission to provide a comforting sensory experience through the tastes and smells of our chocolates.  Visit us today and let us bring you a bite of chocolate luxury.


Pregnancy Nutrition: How to Make Healthy Choices

Pregnancy Nutrition plays an important role in producing healthy babies. Keeping a healthy lifestyle throughout your pregnancy is important for both baby and mother. The steps to a healthy pregnancy are not hard to achieve once you know what you and your baby will need.

“Eating for two” means eating twice as much, right?

You might be eating for two, but that translates to about 300 extra calories a day; that’s roughly two slices of bread or a tall mocha Frappuccino (no whip).  For most women who were at a normal weight before pregnancy, the extra 300 calories per day is enough to fuel your baby’s growth and keep you healthy as well. For those of you who are over or underweight before pregnancy, your caloric intake will vary, it is best to consult with your obstetrician. Your baby needs wholesome, nutrient packed food-not empty calories such as those found in soft drinks, cookies, or candy. Make those 300 calories count. Your baby and your waistline will thank you later.

How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?

The average weight gain recommended during your pregnancy is 25-35 pounds, most of which will be during your third trimester. Again, that depends on your weight before pregnancy. Overweight and obese women have increased risk of pregnancy problems such as gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and preclampsia. Keeping your weight gain in the recommend range will help reduce the weight related risks and make it less stressful to get the weight back off after the baby arrives.

What extra nutrients do I need during pregnancy?

You need extra iron, folic acid, and calcium.

The extra iron is needed to help increase your blood volume that is necessary to support your baby’s growth. You need at least 27 mg of iron daily. Some examples of iron rich foods are spinach, kale, beans, red meat and fortified cereal.

Folic acid helps reduce the risk of birth defects that affect the spinal cord. It is recommended to take at least 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. The best way to get the necessary amount of folic acid is by a prenatal vitamin supplement.

Calcium during pregnancy helps the development your baby’s teeth, bones, heart, nerves, and muscle. Strive for at least 3 servings of calcium rich foods such as low fat milk, yogurt, or cheese. That will get you to the recommended 1,000 mg daily serving.

Should I avoid certain food while pregnant?

Pregnant women should avoid eating any unpasteurized dairy, raw or undercooked meat, prepared meats; such as hotdogs or deli meats, and certain types of fish.

Listeriosis is an illness caused by a bacterium that can occur in unpasteurized dairy and in processed and undercooked meats. This illness can cause miscarriage and stillbirth in a pregnant woman.

Fish such as shark, swordfish, and king mackerel contain high levels of mercury that can be harmful to a developing fetus; thus, should be avoided. Fish that is low in mercury such as tuna (not albacore), pollock and salmon can be safely consumed, just no more than 12oz per week.

Caffeine is on the occasional list for expectant mothers. The recommendation is about 16 ounces per day.

Everyone’s diet plays a vital role in one’s own well-being.  As an expectant mother, your intake is two-fold: your eating habits have a direct impact on your baby’s health. Make sure you get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids and eat sensible, balanced meals. In no time all your healthy efforts will pay off when you have that healthy baby in your arms.

For additional information on what to expect during your entire pregnancy journey, please contact us.


It’s Hip to Eat Square Bagels

There are many things in the world that are square: post its, saltines, belgium waffles and square bagels. Why is a square bagel better? The corners; it provides maximum sandwich making real estate. There is a reason slice bread is in the square geometric family. It’s the best shape for sandwhich construction.  By no means does this mean the square bagel’s round sibling is inferior in any way, but for sandwich making the square is king.

Imagine bringing bagels to the office or serving them at you family brunch. Everyone loves a bagel and will probably remember that you provided them with a lovely meal. But, bring square bagels-now that is unforgettable.  You will forever be known as the one who brought the delicious square bagels.

At Cafeccino Bakery, we are famous for our square bagels.  We offer several flavors to choose from: plain, sesame, poppy, whole wheat, cinnamon raisin, onion, everything and bialy. Need a sandwich made with our tasty four-sided bagel? We have a full menu of many fillings from peanut butter and jelly, lox spread, and hummus. If you need sandwiches for a party or any special event, we offer a catering service as well.

Here at Caffeccino we are a family run restaurant and pride ourselves in the quality of all the food we offer.  For special dietary restrictions we can accommodate; we are kosher certified and have gluten free and soy products available. All of our bagels and breads are baked fresh daily using the freshest ingredients.  Come by visit us for lunch. We are located in Bronx,NY. Feel free to contact us with your specfic needs.


Enjoy the Outdoors in the Comfort of Sunrooms

Sunrooms are a great way to enjoy the outdoors in the comfort of your home. Extra light and temperature can be adjusted in your sunroom depending the time of day and season; making it the perfect room to relax in. They are an all-weather space that can add to your home’s you useable area; increasing the home’s overall square footage. Even during the warm Florida summer season, a sunroom gives you the benefit of sunlight without the excessive heat.

Sunrooms offer a great place for entertainment. They are ideal spot for spending time with your own family or having friends over for a visit. Another advantage of a sunroom is being able to enjoy the outdoors without pesky insects. A summer evening can be easily ruined by an army of mosquitoes.  Rain is no longer a threat to entertainment plans. A sunroom is immune to wet weather; you plans will not be washed out.

Sunrooms can also enhance your home’s curb appeal; an important feature that adds value to a house. It can also bring added functionality by improving the flow of your home’s floor plan. There are several options for the design of your sunroom and it is important to select one that complements the style of your home. The sunroom should not look like an obvious addition, but match your home seamlessly.  A good designer for a reputable company will be able to work with your home’s design and your budget to meet your needs. With so many benefits a sunroom can offer, it has become a popular addition many homeowners consider.

For over twenty years, Jack Hall Jr’s Construction and Aluminum has provided quality workmanship and materials in the state of Florida. Feel free to contact us for additional information about sunroom installation and to learn about the many services we offer.


3 Ways to Improve Energy Saving in Your Home

What does the pending SAVE Act awaiting legislation in the Senate have to do with Energy Saving? This act will target greater investment in insulation and other forms of improving the energy efficiency of your home.  An additional bonus is that this act will require lenders to account for all of your home’s energy saving costs when calculating your mortgage payments.

If you are looking for a way to get your home more energy efficient, there are three key things you can do for your house to greatly improve its efficiency.


Old, drafty and single-pane windows will cause a good chuck of your home’s heating and cooling budget to go to waste. These inefficient windows allow heat to seep in during the summer and warm air out in the winter. Consider upgrading to double-paned, energy-star rated windows. This type of windows limits heat transfer therefore saving you money.


The siding on your home is not just for looks; it provides insulation around the house. If you are in the market to upgrade you siding or constructing a new home, do not overlook this detail. Make sure the siding you choose is insulated to reap the maximum benefit of the energy saving potential of your home.

Additional Insulation

When adding extra insulation, focus on specific areas of your home such as your attic and around pipes and vents. This will help in reducing energy leaks.  Spray foam around vents and pipes and blown-in insulation in your attic will make certain that your furnace and air conditioner are working at maximum efficiency.

Making your home more energy efficient can make a significant difference on your month utility bill. With this potential new SAVE Act, it can also help lower your mortgage cost as well.  Contact us to get started on your energy saving. Here at Jack Hall Jr’s Aluminum, Inc., we have over twenty years of providing quality workmanship and materials to our customers all over the Florida. Let us help you get started today.



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